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Junior Officer Leadership Development in the New Zealand Army

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Technical Report

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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This research project analyzed the leadership development structure of the New Zealand Army and assessed options for enhancement. The primary argument of this study was that minimal guidance existed as to the format for junior officer leadership development during their first two years post-commissioning. The study reviewed the existing leadership doctrine of the New Zealand Army and wider New Zealand Defence Force and compared the doctrine to that of other countries within the Five Eyes Intelligence community. Additionally, the thoughts and opinions of senior officers within the New Zealand Army and United States Army were gathered using a survey, to gain their perspective and identify any key areas for change. The study first identified that there is a lack of defined guidance for Commanding Officers in all of the armies except the British Army, and secondly that reliance on on the job trainingexperience had varying degrees of success. Ultimately, the study proved that the research question could be answered by the introduction of formal guidance for Commanding Officers, and a structured development plan for all junior officers.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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